Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Shabby Chic Cottage has lined up a fabulous full day of giveaways with so many beautiful things from so many fantastic shops - if you haven't visited you really should! Yes, my shop got in on the action but that's not the only reason why I think it's so great. :)
I've made sure to stock my shop with tons (tons!) of new shiny bits in time for an excellent selection for Christmas (haha after I wrote this I visited a friend and her family who shopped from me and bought lots of shinies so I'm not as well stocked as I was earlier).
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
*awaits the hail of thrown objects, gasps and exclamations*
Okay. Got that over with. :)
If you've read my blog for very long you know I make most everything I give. What I don't make, I buy from other artists via etsy or I buy semi-locally. I don't really live near to anywhere so what seems close by to me will not seem that way to others. :)
Let's take a tour of some of my favorites! I hit all these places on Monday and had fun snapping photos to share with you. If you live in the Portland-Metro or state capital area of Oregon you should give these places a try.
First stop: The Apple Butter Barn (6002 S. Hwy. 211 Woodburn, OR 97071). It is run by the sweetest woman you'd ever hope to meet. She paints and you'll find plenty of her work in her shop.
The red wood and black letter sign is small and easy to miss and the actual "barn" shop is in back of the house, harder to spot from the road, so keep your eyes peeled!
The inside is bigger than you'd expect with a couple of rooms off the main. The place is heated by a wood stove which she had gotten up and lit at 5 am the morning I was there.
See the little silver bowls at the top of this shelf? Do they look familiar? Like...this?
From there the direction was Salem-bound. Spencer's Alley (found at 2673 S. Commercial St. Salem) is an old mall-type building that has been transformed into a multi-vendor spectacular. Space is rented to what I imagine are hundreds of vendors and each nook and cranny will have whatever that vendor decided to fill their space with. Home decor, handmade goods, imported fun stuff, etc, etc, etc, ad infinitum.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Some of my paper goods from my other shop.
I did manage to get away from my table long enough to buy a cute crocheted hat with a flower and I got some beeswax and peppermint lip balm and some cut and burn salve from the Watkins man. Good stuff! And who knew it was so tiring just sitting and talking to people all day?
Friday, November 20, 2009
It's Living Lovely time again at Mt. Hope Chronicles!
If you really want to know how silly I am, I could tell you about the dream I had the other night in which a stegosaurus needed a brain transplant and my hand with thumb up and index finger out and me making "pew!" noises could be used to shoot the bad guys (I will blame Real Men, the 1987 movie, for that one - now that is a silly movie if you're looking for one).
But lest I frighten anyone into calling a psychiatrist on me, I'll just share some animal silliness.
Queen Isabella is old (14) but that doesn't mean she can sit still. If it wasn't her nose in the camera it was her nose straight up as she tried to lick my face.
She is a great source of my silliness - she loves to play and run around and she doesn't care that she's "mature" - it's all still fun for her! I took this video of her last December:
I love how animals can be silly too and even induce us to join in.
If you haven't seen this one of the elk calf yet, I thought it was great. :)
Enjoy a little silliness this weekend!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This carafe and glass set I found at Goodwill for $3.99. A couple rounds through the dishwasher (yes, two. You can roll your eyes at me if you want.) and it went into my bathroom and now holds my mouthwash.
Before I put the original bottle in the recycling I filled the cap to the marked line, then poured it into the glass so I'd always know how much I needed.
I find myself much more apt to remember to use mouthwash when it's in something so pretty!
Yes my bathroom counter is bright yellow. It helps wake me up in the morning, haha.
This little footed sundae bowl, which I bought at a local shop for $1.00, now holds bath confetti.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I tell you this went together SO easily in my mind. My friend Karen asked me to make her a little trash box out of an old, empty laundry box. Love the idea! It's nice and big AND it's all nicely scented for you AND it's free because you're reusing/recycling.
(I've been working on this project so long I took this photo at the last house I was house-sitting at!)
I guess you could leave it like that but what were those Gain people thinking? My retinas are scorching the longer I look at that box.
My idea was to cover it in this beautiful red paper and then do some black patterned things on it. Except the paper I chose turned out to be too thick and the edges would. not. stick. down. I tried multiple times with no success so in a bit of a temper I ripped all the paper off and then realized that what I had was a box that was completely covered in sticky, lumpy texture. I mentally slapped myself in the forehead. Now what? I was working in the kitchen so I started looking around desperately.
Hmm here's a stack of paper napkins. How about I decoupage those to the box and make it look like this whole texture thing was on purpose!
*evil genius laugh* No one will ever suspect this was totally on accident and completely out of desperation! I am soooooo clever. *snort*
*Hint: the more wrinkled and crinkled the better!
Now that my plan is on the right track I spray painted the whole thing black. Brown would be good, but I was out of that.
It's not just anyone who has a "black leather" lint garbage box!
I also painted a wooden candle cup to glue upside down to the top as a handle, but if you read my last post you know I'm going back and forth between two houses and there is a conga line of craft supplies strung along behind me and I'm not sure what house that part ended up in. It's not exactly necessary, but I think it might make it a little easier to open and it will add interest to the top.
Also linked to Trash to Treasure Tuesday over at Reinvented!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I'm watching over a handful of chickens...
and a Bichon Frise named Lacy
And a pair of skittish kitty cats. Notice how there is no photo. :)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This particular brand mix consists of thyme, marjoram, rosemary, basil, fennel, sage and lavender. Yes, it has rosemary but I added plenty more. I really like certain herbs.
Then I placed the chicken pieces on top (I put them in frozen since they were so small) and poured a can of chicken broth over the whole and baked at 350 degrees for an hour and a half, stirring occasionally. I ended up turning the broiler on for about 15 minutes afterwards so my chicken didn't look so anemic. It also put a nice crisp on the top layer of potatoes.